Monday, April 30, 2012

Cup Half Full: A Guest Post from Jen of The Arizona Russums

Hi guys! I'm so excited to have Jen from The Arizona Russums here today. She's so sweet to help me out while I'm buried in boxes and am trying to situate my life over here. Please be sure to check out Jen's wonderful blog and show her some love! Not only is her blog one of my favorites, but she's also one of my favorite people in the world in "real life" :) Check her blog out HERE! And happy Monday! xo

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Lately, Micah and I have been going on walks. After-dinner walks to be exact.

I guess that's what year two of marriage brings.

A nice, healthy pastime that you can continue into your old age.

Our neighborhood at dusk.

It all started on Valentine's Day this year. We've never been big on Valentine's Day, so I made Micah a steak dinner, he brought home Tiramisu for dessert, and after we finished this mini-feast, he asked if I wanted to go on a walk. We put on jackets, left the front door unlocked and held hands as we did three laps around the neighborhood.

Us on Valentine's Day

And we talked and talked and talked.

About our hopes, dreams, and fears.

I can't even recall the exact conversation now, but I remember at the end we looked at each other and said, "Why don't we do this more often?"

And now we do. Not all the time. But once every few weeks... we walk out the door after dinner, sometimes leaving the dishes sitting on the table, often wearing ridiculous outfits of sweats and over-sized t-shirts and flip-flops {okay, generally it's just me in a ridiculous outfit} and we go outside and talk about life. About what's on our minds and hearts. It's a deeper conversation than the usual "How was your day?" It's about the trials of days past and goals for the future and being thankful for everything God has given us today.

Sometimes we do just one lap {our neighborhood is a perfect 1/3 of a mile loop}, sometimes we do two, and sometimes we do three.

It just depends on how many hopes, dreams, and fears come flowing out on that particular night.

Our feet on the very first day of our journey together.

And we come home thankful and refreshed and close to one another.

And I'm thankful for these walks. For the legs that carry me. The husband who holds my hand. The mismatched pajamas that I usually wear. My stomach still full from dinner. The pretty neighborhood we live in. And mostly for the Lord who provides every good gift.

My cup overflows.

Thanks for letting my share with you today! I'd love to meet you over at my place!
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

We Got The Keys!

Yesterday, at 5:01 PM, this happened...



It seriously was the LONGEST day of my life and the longest week ever (considering we were supposed to close on 4/18). We are so excited to finally be done! We are tired of signing papers :)

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After we got the keys, and our realtor took a picture, we went to celebrate!

We went to Monkey Burger with our dear friends Crystal and David, and their adorable baby Moses. Crystal and David live 4 doors down from our new house and the guys work together. We are all originally from San Diego, so it's kind of like we have some extended family here, even though we've only been friends for a little over 6 months.

Thank you, everyone, for your prayers on this journey!
Signing off to go to Home Depot and start painting peanut's nursery ;) xoxo

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

26 Weeks


This is the "spent all day packing, threw on a comfy dress and sports bra, put hair in a messy bun and threw on some sunglasses for a quick walk around the lake with your husband before he leaves for work" look. Phew.

We STILL do not have our keys! I am going crazy people! We are supposed to get them 24-72 hours after we signed so we are praying that we get them today! We have plans to celebrate tonight with our friends (they live just 4 doors down from our new place!) at a popular hotspot called Monkeyburger. I am looking forward to chowing down on some good food and spending time with my man & good friends.

Hope you all are having a wonderful Wednesday! xo

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Baby D's Stats!

Baby's size: "Hothouse Cucumber"-- 14 inches long and just under 1.5 lbs

How far along:
26 weeks! Time is flying by so fast! I can't believe I'm almost in my 3rd trimester!

Sleep: My wonderful friend Heidi let me borrow her Boppy pregnancy pillow now that she has given birth to her handsome baby boy, Gage, and no longer needs it. It's been a lifesaver! I think Joshua is secretly jealous of how comfy I look when I sleep with it. I highly recommend it, whether you are preggo or not! :) Still a lot of hip pain, but my doctor said there's nothing I can do other than lots of yoga, stretching, and pre-natal massages (don't mind if I do!).

Maternity Clothes: Really living in sundresses these days. I think yesterday was hotter here than any day we had last summer. We are experiencing a record heat wave here in AZ. If it's any indication of what life will be like for the next 3 months, I will be living in one of our community pools and eating Otter Pops like they are going out of style. 

Food cravings: I have never really been a breakfast person, so I think it's funny that this pregnancy has made me crave breakfast foods all day long. I can't get enough Fage Greek yogurt with strawberries & granola, blueberry waffles, scrambled eggs and toast with grape jelly! Oh and carrot juice! Yum!

Food aversions:
There really isn't anything that I have a bad reaction to, other than the foods that I didn't like pre-pregnancy. 

Symptoms I have: Still have sciatica (hip pain) and I'm starting to get really crazy dreams! 

Doctor’s Appointment: I had a routine doctor's appointment on Tuesday. I am usually only in the doctor's office for about 15 minutes to get my blood pressure done, pee in a cup, have them measure my tummy and listen for her heartbeat (which was fast, by the way!). I crave more time with the doctors, but I know that not having a lot of "problems" is a huge blessing and I'm so thankful that there really isn't a lot to talk about :) I have an appointment in 3 weeks and then I'll start coming in every 2-3 weeks. I have to get the glucose test done sometime before then, yuck!

Movement: All the time, but since I've been doing so much physical activity with packing our house, I feel her move less than when I'm lying still or laying in bed. I've heard that moving around a lot lulls the baby to sleep, so I guess she's just chilling out in there. Almost all my preggo friends (and there are a LOT of them right now) are having boys, and they seem to be dealing with constant kicking. I envy them sometimes, but then again I have to remember that I'm having a little princess who is already showing signs of being quite the relaxed little lady :)  

Belly Button:
Innie, although it looks like it might just protrude at any minute!

Gender: It's a GIRL! I seriously get happier each and every day that we are having a girl. I REALLY wanted a girl-- Joshua was happy either way. I just can't wait to have a daughter. I got SO "preggo emotional" (that's what I like to call it) when it popped into my head that my husband will one day walk her down the aisle to vow forever to her husband... that we get to plan a wedding together, baby showers, and all that girly stuff... I can't wait to see her little face!

Best moment of the week:
I love hearing her heartbeat at our appointments. But my favorite moment was this morning, when I was just laying in bed, and I put my iPhone up to my belly and played One Sonic Society's "Forever Reign" song (AMAZING!!!!!!) and I felt her do a complete FLIP in my tummy. Too cool. I love how she reacts to music. I want her to be a musical one like mama.

What I’m looking forward to: Setting up her nursery in the new house

What I miss: BEER! That's all.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sponsor in May

Exactly 60 Days Later





Getting ready to go....


Arriving in an executive conference room to sign... very nerve-wracking!

And then celebrating...



We should get the keys today or tomorrow, finally!

Thank you for all the congrats yesterday via FB, Twitter, Instagram & text!
WE LOVE YOU GUYS! xoxo

Monday, April 23, 2012

Cup Half Full: It's Finally Closing Time

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We've finally arrived.
Closing time on our new home, today at 1 PM.
We didn't close in time on Friday like we had hoped, but that's okay.
I can't thank you all enough for your prayers!
Even though things didn't happen the way we wanted them to,
we felt a peace about things and were really able to relax.

Joshua got some much needed rest after 10 straight days of work and we enjoyed just spending time together.

A date night to see "The Hunger Games" and grab a late night bite to eat.
(I asked Joshua if he liked it, and his answer: "It sure beats a movie about vampires that sparkle." Bwahahaha!)

A random trip to Home Depot to decide on paint colors.
A sweet night with friends in our living room, holding their 4 week old.

Two, glorious 4 hour (yes, 4 hour!) naps on Saturday and Sunday.
A beautiful message at church and worship that gave me chills.
And a miraculous recovery of a family friend's 2 year old who got bit by a rattlesnake while hiking and who is going to 100% recover.

If you know our story, and everything we've been through over the past couple of years,

you know that this arrival has been a long time coming.
God is so good and faithful.
I remember moments when Joshua and I were living with my in-laws and we wondered when life would ever
"get moving." When would we finally get to be living out our dreams?

It's happening, and it's scary because a part of me got so used to crap after crap
happening that I subconciously don't know how to handle all of this.
At church yesterday, we just held hands and kind of just looked at one another
in awe. God is good, and not only answers our call, but He makes all
things beautiful in His perfect time (Eccl 3:11).

3 things I asked God when we started house hunting:

1.) Close in proximity to the lake where I love to walk Hartley.
2.) A front door, not a side door. A lot of houses in AZ have doors on the side, and I'm not a fan.
3.) A backyard with no neighbors behind it (really hard to find in a track-home community).

All 3 things came true.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Time We Were In An Old Navy Ad



Not long after Old Navy launched this campaign,
they had a commercial where they announced that
"Heather was preggers."
Old Navy seemed to know what was in store for us even before we did ;)


P.S. Thank you so much to everyone for your emails/Tweets/comments praying for us regarding closing on the house!
I have seriously felt such a peace about things and I know it's because of you guys! Thank you. We are SO close. More updates soon xoxo

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Almost Closing Time


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It's almost closing time. This is the part of home buying that really drags.
The house that we are buying was the very first house we looked at.
We put in an offer 3 days later.
We were in a bidding war (since it's bank-owned) with 4 other people.
A week later, we won.

We fought like crazy to get this one specific document that was needed from Bank of America (since they "own" the house, I strongly dislike you, Bank of America!!) even though we were financed through Wells Fargo. When no one could properly help me, I had to resort to calling up the corporate latter for days on end until I finally had a lady in their financing department over in NYC help me out and do the job right.
People, I fought for this house.

After we won the bid, everything went super fast. General inspection, appraisal, termite inspection, and final inspection.

Now, we are just playing the waiting game waiting for the bank to release one specific document that releases the escrow papers which then releases the keys into our hands.

We really need prayer today that this happens today or tomorrow so that we can get the keys by Friday because my hard-working husband has been working 10 miserably long days in order for him to take a 4-day weekend off so that we can get this house move-in ready (since it's been abandoned for 10 months). I think we'll be super bummed if we're sitting around all weekend just waiting. But oh well, we'll make the most of it and go see "The Hunger Games" again or something. We always do.

But please, pray hard, wont'cha? :)

In the meantime, it's my job today to really come up with some concrete decisions about paint colors and whatnot. I have to confess that I've really dropped the ball on this. I think with a baby on the way, packing up the townhouse, babysitting a puppy and trying to maintain some sanity (and sleep!), I haven't really thought too much about this. I need to get moving!

We went to Home Depot (or Home Desperate, as Joshua liked to call it) and picked out some general paint colors that we like. We are definitely doing light grey walls in baby girl's nursery, and some grey throughout the house. We also found a really pretty buttermilk color and a really gorgeous sage green color for the kitchen. Sometime before April 30th (when our current lease is up), we'll be (or I should say, Joshua will be) pulling up the old carpet, painting all 2,100 square feet, installing carpet upstairs (well, Home Desperate will be), painting the current kitchen cabinets (they're in great shape but we don't like the color), laying down laminate hardwood floors downstairs, and cleaning the house like crazy.

So if you don't hear from me, that's why. Thank you in advance for your prayers for our sanity! And pray that we get the keys this week! :) xo


The only room in the house that's painted, ironically the room we'll use for the nursery. And yes, we are repainting, and no, it will not be purple or pink // Shopping for paint colors last night

Monday, April 16, 2012

Easter Weekend Back Home in San Diego



Hi guys!
How was your weekend?!

I spent mine just trying to catch up on sleep from our trip home, Joshua's new shift change at work, and getting ready for our big move! We are supposed to close early this upcoming week and get the keys soon after. We'll have some work (paint, flooring, carpet) to do before we're fully moved in, but it's right up our alley.... we wanted something we could fix up a bit (but not a lot) and are obsessed with HGTV shows that are getting us excited for this process. The house is only 6 years old so it's not really too much work. We feel really blessed to have found the house we did and for the price we did, all in a great time frame with our current rental's lease expiring (and a baby on the way)! Did I tell you guys that the ONLY room in the whole house that is painted is the room that we were planning on using for our baby's nursery? And, ironically enough, it's painted purple?! Not that we are keeping the purple, but I mean, how weird is it that we are having a girl? I loved it! It was definitely a sign ;)

I also went to a girl's night out on Friday night and 12 of us all played Bunco for the first time-- it was so much fun! It's going to become a monthly thing that we do and I'm really looking forward to it. I also got to see my girlfriend's new baby for the first time and spend some time with her and her new little man. Every time I hold a baby, our little girl starts kicking me! I love it! Joshua and I also had a few coffee dates (well, coffee for him, hot chocolate for me), we went to a huge community garage sale (scored an awesome vintage chair for the nursery for a steal of a price!) and really enjoyed Sunday morning at church. I love how we're finally starting to get plugged into a community and church here. Our church meets on the high school campus that's located in our new neighborhood and I love that we'll be able to ride our bikes to church as a family in the coming years :)

I'm also so thankful that we were able to go home for a 4-day weekend last week. I was really homesick for a few weeks leading up to our trip and I was glad that Joshua was able to merge his weekends at work and come with me! One of my best friend's little brother (who's like my cousin, we've been family friends for 20+ years) graduated from the Marine Corps bootcamp and it was amazing to watch him graduate. We had a wonderful time with our families and are already looking forward to our next trip back for our baby shower in June!

Life is really good right now, just really busy and super exciting. They say that you really appreciate the sunshine after the cloudy times and that is true. God has been so good and faithful to us over the years. It's awesome to finally be in a good spot.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

San Diego...


... I'd missed you, old friend.

How the childhood memories come flooding back for both Joshua and me when we come back to see you.
The hardest thing about visiting is that it reminds us of how much we miss you.

I'm thankful for a new set of adventures in this new place we call home. I was ready for it; I needed it.
But you'll always be our first love.
We miss you today. And those that we love that reside there.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Last Thing...

That we cheered to:

Not owing Uncle Sam more than $40! We almost didn't put an offer on the house that we are now closing on in a few days because we did our taxes back in January and we found out we owed quite a grip... Praise God we didn't back out! It definitely paid to have someone do them for us professionally this year! P.S. I strongly dislike you, H&R Block!


[headband by Pink Lemonade]

That I ate for breakfast:

Scrambled eggs, orange juice in a margarita glass, bowl of strawberries, slice of toast with Triple Berry preserves (currently at Costco, it's the bombdigity)



That I read that made me laugh so hard I almost peed my pants:

A birthday card from one of my BFF's, Sara-- my previous boss who knows me so well. Yes, I had a real-life moment like this card. I actually walked out of the bathroom and into the corporate office with toilet paper dangling from my tights.... yay me.


That I bought:

A maxi dress for this preggo. I was running errands and was so uncomfortable in what I was wearing that I ran into Nordstrom Rack and this sucker saved the day. It's so wonderful, you almost feel naked... but better. My hubs isn't the biggest fan. But oh well, I'm going to wear it anyway-- because gosh darn it, it really is so comfortable!!


That I watched on TV:

"Bethenny Ever After"
Loved her on "Real Housewives of New York." Loved her book, "Naturally Thin."
Love her Skinny Girl margaritas. Love her personality. Love her transparency.

Love, love, love. I think we'd be real-life BFF's.


That I did with my parents:

We hiked the cliffs overlooking the ocean in Torrey Pines (San Diego, CA) on our trip home last weekend-- it was such a beautiful day!!! I love my family!



That I had to eat on a date night with my man:

Tacos, rice & beans with chips & salsa (holy pregnancy heart burn!). So tasty!!


That I got in the mail from my momma:

How cool is this? It's a nifty little contraption that helps you get the most out of your toothpaste! I noticed my mom had one on her last visit out here, and I expressed interest in one, and lo and behold! One arrived in the mail shortly after. My mom is so thoughtful like that! It's the little things.


That I stared at in awe:

The beach. And the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego last weekend. It really does take your breath away. Joshua and I got married in Coronado. It will always have a special place in my heart.


That I bought at Target:

I know that our baby girl won't use this for quite some time, but I mean, seriously?
How could I pass up this plate? So adorable.






That I cut open:

Fresh, sweet pineapple. Did you know that if you leave the pineapple upside down for a few days it becomes sweeter and more tender? I ate the whole thing in two days. Soooo good.


That I got in the mail for baby girl:

Sweet gifts from Much Love Illy and Red Dress Studio. How sweet are they?!! I can't get over those tiny baby shoes. And those handmade headbands? She'll be rockin' those beauties straight out of my womb!



That I craved really bad:

Joshua and I saw rootbeer floats in a movie a few weeks ago and we HAD to have some. I really do believe that your spouse gets pregnancy cravings, too. Within 5 minutes, he was in the car. Thank you, husband, for saving the day.


That I received in the mail from a friend, just because:

My pen-pal Sarah sent me this pregnancy care package. It was seriously one of the most thoughtful things anyone has ever done for me. We've been pen-pals since we were 13, thanks to "Brio" magazine at Focus on The Family hooking us up all those years ago. We've met in real life, and communicate consistently. She's a treasure.



That I read:

"The Hunger Games." DUH!


Linking up with sweet Jenna from The Life of the Wife!!

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